In November we Remember.
As 10,000 members of the public process past the Cenotaph this Remembrance Sunday so the nation gives thanks with dignified remembrance, gratitude and commemoration.
We’ll commemorate in Alverstoke at our special war memorial in St.Mary’s.
To help us the Gosport Men’s Shed have made some life size silhouettes of Tommy soldiers for the church and churchyard; whilst a few community groups have made many poppies which will decorate the Lychgate and parts of the village. We’re very grateful to these community groups for helping our community commemoration with their creativity (Scrap Happy Quilters, Alverstoke Quilters, Alverstoke WI sewing groups).
The principal Act of Remembrance within Alverstoke parish is always at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital; a parade from 10.30am ahead of the 11.00am Gosport Civic ceremony.
Whilst in St.Mary’s Parish Church, with our memorial remembering the disproportionate number of young men from the Parish who died, we shall host our own Service and Act of Remembrance at 10.30am on Sunday 11th November.
Sunday 11th November
8.00am St.Mary’s Said Communion
10.30am St.Mary’s Service of Remembrance
10.45am St.Francis’ Act of Remembrance followed by morning worship
6.30pm St.Mary’s Merbecke Choral Communion
St Mary’s bell ringers will be ringing muffled bells before the 10-30am service and after the service.
At about 11-30am, they will be ringing a Quarter Peal lasting about an hour, in line with Portsmouth Cathedral and other towers in the country.